Nelson Freire - Rites of Passage

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Nelson Freire - Rites of Passage

Born in Boa Esperanca, Brazil, Nelson Friere began piano lessons at the age of three with Nise Obino and Lucia Branco, who had worked with a pupil of Liszt. He made his first public appearance at the age of five and at the age of twelve went on to win a grant at the1st International Piano Competition with Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ concerto. This historic recording is now made available for the first time on CD.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73: Allegro
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Chopin: Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor
Chopin: Mazurka in D major (1832)
Chopin: Mazurka No. 23 in D major, Op. 33 No. 2
Chopin: Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
Chopin: Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. post., KKIVa:15, B 56

Nelson Freire (piano)
Orchestra of the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro, Nino Stinca


"Fans of the great Nelson Freire will, like me, be as surprised as they are intrigued to read of the existence of this recording. It was made in 1957 when Freire was just 12...You would hardly credit that the playing of the B minor Scherzo, which he had studied and memorised in two weeks, and F minor Ballade is that of a pianist not yet in his teens." Gramophone March 2012